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Finger Lickin’ Fifteen

My best friend had this on hold at the library but she already borrowed a copy elsewhere and red it.  So, she so nicely checked it out for me!  Time to curl up in bed and start reading.

Thanks Karen!

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the drywall!  Its no longer sitting in the garage.

Here’s the progress of the remodel:

Alex replaced the sub-floor to cover up the hole for the old air return.  Jack supervised.

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Chica found a piece of duct tape that used to hold the carpet pad together. It became her toilet-paper-stuck-on-the-shoe curse for a while before we saved her.

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The day ended with drywall up.  Lets not focus on the dented portion on the ceiling.  There was a bit of a mishap that included a scrape on Alex’s leg, a chair falling in the hole on the floor and a really banged up piece of drywall.  We’ll pull it back down and replace it before finishing it.

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It’s starting to look less like a dump and more like a house again!

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This journey really begins a week ago.  We spent a few days kitty sitting for the in-laws and the last time we went by to feed and visit their 3 cats, Alex forgot his phone in their truck.  When he went to pick it up, they’d left us a few gifts (thanks Steve and Donna!) from their vacation along with this zucchini:

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When Alex brought it home I thought, ‘Are you sure that is for us?’  It was.  They had just harvested it form their garden, but had a lot of zucchini of their own too. 

I weighed it. 5 pounds 5 ounces!

I search the Internet for fun things to make with zucchini and when one of my favorite blogs published this recipe here, I knew I had to make it.  So we invited the in-laws over for dinner and planned the meal entirely around dessert.

It was very fun to make,

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When presented with dessert we told everyone, “This is Zapple Pie” and they asked the obvious “what makes it Zapple?” and we said “well, thatz the zecret.”  When suggested the Z was a hint, zucchini was quickly guessed, but they were shocked that there wasn’t any apple in it, and without the Z hint, they said they wouldn’t have guessed it was zucchini.  It really does taste like Apple Pie.  Delicious!  Thanks so much to Kim and her Aunt Cathie for sharing this.

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I’ve still got 2+ pounds of zucchini.  I’m hoping to try this recipe later in the week.

*For anyone who wants to try Zapple Pie, I made a couple modifications: (1) I used butter instead of margarine; (2) there are a couple glitches with the google doc, it should read 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon; (3) I softened the butter so I could mix up the bottom crust and topping in my kitchenaid mixer; and (4) I used pecans as my nut of choice.  Oh, and it did bake about 50 minutes or a little longer.

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We’ve been busy.

It’s rained a couple times,

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Chica’s fur is slowly, emphasis on the slooowly, growing back,

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Jack is just Jack,

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We retired our 23 year old furnace and our 16 year old hot water heater,
(More on that to come in a future post)

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I found out that I’m not returning to work next week as originally planned, so I’ve been applying for some part-time jobs to fill my time for the next few months…

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Lots of baby Chickadees have been visiting our suet feeder and loving it.  We’ll be watching TV and just look up to see a swarm of them.  One day I think there must have been a dozen birds on there!

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We took in a Mariner’s game with my best friend and her boyfriend,

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Where we did the wave,

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Alex took a nap out on the deck on a sunny day,

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Jack and Chica helped,

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I spent an afternoon with my niece,

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Who was goofy and insisted that I had to take a picture of her “like this”,

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And we saw the home where her dad and her uncle (Alex) grew up,

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I attended a happy hour at an awesome place, The Alibi Room, down a sketchy alley in Seattle,

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And, I helped celebrate my nephew’s 2nd birthday,

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Whew! I waited way to long to catch up on all of that!

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Boy, those don’t sound good together do they?
Don’t worry, we didn’t eat them all at once.

On Wednesday, we harvested the first tomato from our plants.  It was a little small but very delicious!  We sliced it up and put it on our pizza along with cheese and pepperoni.

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Yesterday, I just felt like doing some cooking.  For lunch I made Egg Rolls.  I followed this recipe and they were amazing.  I love they they’re baked.  While maybe they’re still not the healthiest lunch, it’s much better than frying (and so much easier!).

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After all that work, I kept dinner easy by making a casserole and focused my remaining energy on dessert – Apple Crisp.  I was inspired by the first harvest of Gravenstein Apples from Yakima at the local produce market where I’ve been buying my fresh produce all summer.  I followed a recipe from my America’s Test Kitchen cookbook (which I bought for $1 at an estate sale!).  I thought it was interesting that there weren’t any oats in the topping, only nuts (I used pecans).  It was yummy!

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I’ve been off work for 6 1/2 weeks now; only 3 1/2 weeks of summer vacation left.  You’ll see I’ve got plenty of free time on my hands:

Alex and Jess Stick Figure

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More than Green Tomatoes

Big news around here.  We’ve got tomatoes that aren’t green; they’re Red!

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